It was another Tuesday filled with movement for the Rams, as the team made several moves and brought in a few players for workouts. Most importantly, the team signed tight end Darcy Johnson to the active roster, and they released DT Jermelle Cudjo. The Johnson move was made because rookie Michael Hoomanawanui is expected to miss a month with his ankle injury. As good as he was in the preseason, this is a tough break for both the Rams and Illini Mike. Johnson was with the team during the preseason, so he should be able to step in and do whatever the coaches ask. This is also unfortunate for Cudjo, who played his way on this team this summer. It sounds like the team will add him to the practice squad if he clears waivers, so he could still remain with the organization.
The team also made some moves on the aforementioned practice squad, as they released wide receiver Brandon McRae and running back Allen Patrick and signed fullbacks Brit Miller and Jamie McCoy. With Illini Mike out, the the team felt it needed to have some bodies capable of playing fullback in case something happens to Mike Karney.
As for the workouts, I’m extremely surprised that a running back was not part of the group. Offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, safety Macho Harris and linebacker Kevin Malast were all in town today, but none were immediately signed. I was a big fan of Harris when he was in college, but he has been slowed by injury in the NFL. I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the squad, but it sounds like the team is passing for now.
Finally, I would like to share something comical I read in Sports Illustrated today. A reporter was talking with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, and he asked Stoops to name something that new quarterback Landry Jones does better than Sam Bradford. Stoops replied “Grows a mustache”. That’s obviously some high praise for Bradford. For those who don’t know what he’s talking about, here is a pic of the new Sooners signal-caller.